Fourty four runs for four decades of research

30th September 2019

Our very own Individual Giving Manager and #TeamWorldwide superstar Alan Moss was be part of a team of 60 supporters who took on 2019's Great North Run. Alan vowed to complete 44 runs to mark Worldwide Cancer Research’s 40th year of funding life-changing projects and the fact that 44 people will lose their life every day in Scotland as a result of cancer. We asked Alan to let us know a bit more about why he took on this gruelling challenge, and why it means so much to him.

“I really wanted to do something to celebrate the charity’s amazing milestone of four decades of finding and funding the boldest cancer research. A friend of mine has recently gone through a really hard time with their cancer diagnosis, so I felt I needed to do something – not only to fund more research, but also because taking on this challenge feels like the least I can do. It is nothing compared to the challenge they have faced and the gruelling treatment cancer patients go through.

Running to save the lives of loved ones

"I’m going to run 44 runs in 2019 because 44 people lose their life from cancer every day in Scotland.

"That’s 44 mums, dads, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters lost every day and I recently found out this is a number that has increased in the past few years. I want to help the charity fund more research and hopefully, I can inspire a few people to join in and help save more lives.

"I watched my sister run the Great North Run a few years ago. The event is huge! There are so many people involved and it’s like one big running party. The atmosphere was incredible, so I’d wanted to take part ever since. It’s an iconic run and I loved the buzz and excitement of being part of it.

Making a difference for tomorrow, today

"I’m extremely proud to pull on my Worldwide Cancer Research jersey and raise vital funds for the charity as well as working as the Individual Giving Manager, encouraging others to give to this amazing cause. This 44 runs challenge has given me the opportunity to tell lots of people about all the work we do, racing to find a cure for cancer.

"For me, it’s a privilege to work for the charity and represent such a brilliant cause. I firmly believe that the research we fund now will save many, many lives in the future, including those of my loved ones, so I’m proud to be making a difference now.”

Click here to follow Alan’s journey as he takes on 44 runs in honour of the 44 people who die from cancer every day in Scotland.